How Do I?                 Tompkins A-Z     

Tompkins Ready

Tompkins Ready Banner


National Safe Boating Week will be held from May 21-27, 2022, reminding all boaters to brush up on boating safety skills and prepare for the boating season.

For additional information, please visit:

Boating Safety image with life vest.


Spring weather can be unpredictable.  When severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and weather-related death increases, so planning makes sense. 

Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid.  Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather.  Sometimes, extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. 

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather.  They can bring lightningtornadoes, and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur. 

Click here for spring weather safety and preparedness information.





The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) has a free online Citizens Preparedness Training Course.  The 24-minute training offers New Yorkers a condensed version of what they would have learned during an in-person course.

**PLEASE NOTE: All Citizen Preparedness Corps Trainings are currently on hold.

Topics include how to develop a family emergency plan, how to prepare your family and home for a potential emergency such as fire, what to do in specific situations such as active shooter, and covers evacuation or sheltering-in-place due to a life-threatening event, and much more.   The training also discusses what to do when returning home after an emergency, including re-entry procedures, checking for and documenting damage safely, addressing emotional and other personal needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic event, and being wary of post-disaster scams.

The Department of Emergency Response offers presentations to community groups and organizations to provide basic information on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters or emergencies.  Learn which ones are more likely to occur in our area and how you can reduce their impact on you, your family, and the community.  Contact Geoff Dunn, Community Preparedness Coordinator, at 607-266-2633, or email

Additional Preparedness Checklists:

Generator Maintenance Checklist

72 Hour Emergency Kit List

Car Emergency Kit List

Important Legal Documents

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Disaster-Proof Home

Home Emergencies & Safety Tips

Additional Resource Information



Disaster and emergency information will broadcast from these local radio stations:

  • 870AM WHCU

  • 97.3FM WYXL

  • 91.7FM WICB

If your TV is working, monitor a regional all-news channel, such as Spectrum News, or the Weather Channel. A weather radio will also provide accurate and current information.

National Weather Service in Binghamton

National Weather Service in Binghamton


@TompkinsDoER    Facebook    Instagram:  @tcdoer



 Winter Storms - Snow/Ice/Cold

 Power Outages

 Heat Emergencies


 Chemical/Hazmat Accidents

 Wind Storms/Tornado

There are certain basic concepts of preparedness that apply to any type of situation:

  • Be Informed
  • Make a Plan
  • Build a Kit
  • Get Involved

Learn more at